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Trades and Tech Thursdays
Mar 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Got a skill with saws or a way with welding? Think about a career in trades and tech. If you’ve got more questions than answers or want to hear more from the people teaching these programs, we have the events for you.

TRU’s Trades and Tech Thursdays give you the chance to find out about all your trades and tech options while getting answers directly from those in the know.

Trades workers are in high demand and TRU’s programs give you state-of-the-art training. We can jumpstart your career in mechanics, carpentry, electrical, gas fitting, horticulture, instrumentation, plumbing/pipefitting or welding. Or consider moving into management with a bachelor’s degree in technology or in trades and technology leadership.

If you are curious, come out. If you have questions, bring them. If you think you even might be interested, get the details you need to be sure.

Bring a buddy or two, everyone is welcome. We look forward to seeing you!

Tours begin at 7 p.m. from the lobby of the Trades and Technology building (TT158).


The 2018 TRU Marketing Association Business Gala
Mar 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

TRU Marketing Association is proud to announce they will be hosting the 2nd annual Thompson Rivers University, Business Gala.

Join marketing innovators, industry leaders, business professionals and TRU Students for an evening of networking and keynote speakers for an evening of cultivating ideas. Guests will experience a unique networking opportunity on the lower floor before being brought upstairs and served an elegant dinner while the keynote speakers discuss all things modern marketing.

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Keynote Speakers

Jeff Gibbard

Jeff Gibbard is Chief Social Strategist at I’m From The Future (IFTF), a Social Media and Technical SEO Agency in Philadelphia.  He’s been working in the social media industry from the very beginning, and unlike many of those in his industry, he’s been focused on the real-life business applications from the start. 

Since starting his company, Jeff has designed strategies for clients in virtually every industry, and across all sized companies from funded startups with no revenue, to multi-billion dollar organizations. 

He is a graduate of Temple University and earned his MBA from Drexel University. 

He’s a well-respected strategist, popular keynote speaker, and a prolific blogger, podcaster, and vlogger.

Julio Viskovich

Julio joined TRU in 2016 after teaching digital marketing at UBC and Sauder School of Business (and prior at SFU). 

He is formerly the VP of Marketing at rFactr, a social media technology and consulting company and was one of the earliest employees at HootSuite, a Canadian Billion dollar social media company. 

As a recognized expert, he has appeared on national TV programs like Global News is a recognized Forbes top 30 social media influencer (#25). He has worked or partnered with innovative companies like Microsoft, Aflac, MasterCard and HootSuite to develop awareness in the North American and global markets using social media. 

Julio is your go-to guy for personal branding and on how to use LinkedIn to give yourself an unfair advantage in the job market.

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Lunch & Learn: George Emery
Apr 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join Kamloops Innovation Tuesday, April 3rd in their Coworking space for a Lunch & Learn to talk with Kamloops Innovation Fellowship recipient George Emery.

George recently became the CEO of CanShield Data Center here in Kamloops.

Bring your bagged lunch and talk with George about everything from Data Centers on BC/Canadian soil and why it is so important to many industries looking to move more of their systems to the cloud, the Kamloops Innovation Fellowship program and how it helped with bringing George and his family to Kamloops, or entrepreneurship through acquisition.

Kamloops Innovation has microwaves, cutlery and all the coffee you can drink.

About CanShield

CanShield Data Center provides secure and reliable colocation and disaster recovery services, supporting their clients through a customized data hosting solution. their team consists of industry experts who strive to provide long-term value through innovative product development and exceptional customer support. Their flexibility allows you to spin up a single server or wholesale agreement.

Dev Lunch
Apr 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Do you work in tech, are a developer, or just interested in techy things?

Join us for the monthly #DevLunch this month at Nara Korean & Japanese Restaurant Kamloops!

Who: This event is for anyone who is interested in hanging out with people who are tech minded and conversing over good food. Students, developers, social media savvy, content creators, young and old are invited!
When: #DevLunch is held the first Friday of every month, 12 pm – 1 pm
Why: Great food! And a great opportunity to connect with our #kamloops tech community each month.
Cost: No fees, just buy your own lunch!

DevOps Days Vancouver
Apr 20 – Apr 21 all-day

DevOpsDays is a grassroots event for folks in the field connecting, sharing stories, advice, ideas, and tools relating to DevOps

DevOpsDays is returning to Vancouver in 2018.

This conference, which is now happening frequently around the globe, is THE conference for bridging the gap between developers and operations.

DevOpsDays is a grassroots event for folks in the field connecting, sharing stories, advice, ideas, and tools relating to DevOps.

It is organized by people who care about DevOps.

MVT Summer Series | Positioning Statements
Apr 25 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

MVT Series | Positioning Statements: How to tell your company’s story

A positioning statement is a series of sentences that define what your company is, what makes it unique, and what its value is to your audience. Not generally public facing this statement helps business owners identify their company’s core values and align their marketing to keep a cohesive messaging across all their branding and meet their business goals.

In simple terms, the positioning statement is a phrase that is used internally to help your organization understand the benefits your products or services provide to your target customers. It states how you are different from your competitors and why your audience should choose your business over your competitors. Everything from the website page copy, advertisements, images, calls to action, and slogans are all ultimately based on your positioning statement.

This introductory session is about taking your business idea and being able to condense it into a short and coercive pitch. Whether you’re connecting with a potential customer, partner, investor, or friend, being able to communicate your idea effectively is very important.

At the end of this workshop, you will know how to put together a compelling short pitch and be able to communicate an idea effectively, the first stepping stones to starting a business!

What is the MVT Series?

The MVT Series or Market Validation Training Series is an educational course offered by Kamloops Innovation as the precursor to our VAP program. This series is Free and open to any individual, company or student who is looking to start their own business.

The series is designed to guide and coach early-stage companies through defining business models for sustained growth. Kamloops Innovation does not take equity stakes in companies, making companies free to grow on their own terms.  For those individuals looking to attend specific classes, the Startup Basics Series offers more bite-sized versions of the material taught in the MVT Series through the TRU Generator.

Courses in the MVT Series Include:

  • Positioning Statements: How to tell your company’s story
  • Value Propositions: Understand the value your business idea brings to the table
  • Target Markets: Identify your first customers & how to market to them
  • Your Go-To-Market Plan: Develop an action plan to move your business idea forward
  • Sales Strategy: Practical tools so you can start generating revenue
  • Business Model Canvas: Visualize your company’s value, infrastructure, customers, and finances.
Kelowna BaseCamp
Apr 28 @ 9:30 am – Apr 29 @ 5:00 pm


VA Angels Kelowna is hosting Okanagan BaseCamp, an exclusive investment seminar for entrepreneurs. At BaseCamp, Randy Thompson, VA Angels Founder, Fund Manager, Entrepreneur, and Investor, will provide insight from an investor’s perspective about how to effectively pitch business ideas to investors. Spots are limited with an option to bring your partner or co-founder at half the cost. Option available through the registration process.

It’s more than just pitching your business to investors, you need to know how to:

  • Raise capital including equity, debt, contest and revenue
  • Maximize the value of your capital round and minimize risk
  • Target and secure the right investors
  • Close a round of financing
  • Structure a pitch and a deal that is attractive to investors
  • Want to learn more about BaseCamp, watch here.



OKR Financial ( for sponsoring Pitch Night April 30.

Pushor Mitchell ( for sponsoring Pitch Night April 30.

UBC Okanagan for providing the workshop space for BaseCamp April 28-29.




Sandra Spencer
Executive Director
VA Angels BaseCamp

Grant Lawrence
Chapter President
VA Angels Kelowna

Kelowna BaseCamp Pitch Pub Night
Apr 30 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join VA Angels for BaseCamp Pitch Pub Night where companies from the weekends’ BaseCamp program will apply what they learned about raising capital over two days and pitch their companies to investors for feedback. Grab some food, a drink, and watch some pitches!

Entrepreneurs Unplugged with Garry van Soest
May 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us at Marten Brewing in Vernon on May 1st to hear from Garry van Soest, co-founder of AVS. Garry will share his entrepreneurial journey and the lessons he’s learned along the way.

Garry is co-founder of AVS Systems and founder of its predecessor AVS Enterprises. Garry became CEO of AVS Systems in January 2013. He has led an entrepreneurial career for 30+ years and in this span has started up and harvested over 9 technology companies. Garry’s passion is bringing proprietary technology to market and disrupting the status quo to the benefit of the user. Garry holds a BComm in Entrepreneurship and Engineering studies. His involvement with emerging technology in Canada’s Silicon Vineyard ensure he stays current. Garry balances his business career with hobbies and family. While also serving on boards for several non-profit organizations.

Entrepreneurs Unplugged is powered by Accelerate Okanagan in partnership with Grant Thornton. This event is an incredible opportunity to learn from experienced entrepreneurs in our community as well as an excellent opportunity to network with members of our local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

*Registration is required as seating is limited.

May 15 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm


Seminar | Networking For Success

Do you want to learn how to position yourself for success at a networking event?

This interactive session will help both the reluctant and experienced professional achieve better results in professional settings!

You will learn to:

  • Rethink common misperceptions about networking
  • Overcome feelings of nervousness and feel more comfortable networking
  • Present a powerful professional image and avoid common social pitfalls
  • Create compelling value statements that generate interest

This seminar is facilitated by Deb McClelland, Executive Director – Kamloops Chamber of Commerce

Event Details:

Date | Tuesday, May 15

Time | 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Location | Kamloops Chamber of Commerce Boardroom, 615 Victoria Street

Cost | $20 for members | $25 for non-members


Event Item Name Expires Pricing
Member Registration | Networking for Success May 15, 2018
Non-Member Registration | Networking for Success May 15, 2018